By: Kathryn Summers
In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we wanted to honor those fathers who inspired their children to carry on the family name in the music biz. Without further ado, here are our Top 5 Rocker Sons who take after their iconic dads:
1. James McCartney, son of Paul McCartney
James McCartney, the only son of former Beatle Paul McCartney, is creating a name for himself in the pop-rock scene. In 2012, he released a double EP, Available Light and Close at Hand, and had his U.S. television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. James’s first full-length album, Me, was released in May. James wrote of the album on his website, saying, “This is who I am…both musically and personally. This is me.”
2. Sean Lennon, Son of John Lennon
Sean Lennon is the sole progeny of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, making it no surprise that he is musically inclined. Before releasing his debut solo album The Sun in 1998, young Lennon appeared on Lenny Kravitz’sMama Said LP and formed the back-up band for his mother’s 1995 album Rising. When Sean was born on his father’s 35th birthday, John quit the music business and become a doting, stay-at-home dad. "I remember when my dad died," said Sean in a New York Magazine interview (via Bio.com). "You don't really miss anything specific. You just miss them breathing, just being there."
3. Jason Bonham, Son of John Bonham
The legendary Led Zeppelin drummer’s son, John Bonham, learned to play drums at the early age of 5. At 17 years old, Atlantic Records signed him with the band Air Race, which opened for rockers like Queen, Ted Nugent and AC/DC. After his father’s death in 1980, he stepped in from time to time to keep his father’s memory alive, including the 1988 Led Zeppelin reunion at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary Concert, as well as the recent 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 arena. Jason has also had a successful solo and group career with his band Bonham, as well as appearing in the film Rock Star with Mark Wahlberg.
4. Jakob Dylan, Son of Bob Dylan
Jakob Dylan, the son of one of the most influential musical figures for more than five decades, has shown that he can more than handle the pressure. He formed his own band The Wallflowers in the ‘90s. After an unsuccessful record, the band changed labels and released Bringing Down the Horse, which featured their alt-rock hit “6th Avenue Heartache.” Success came knockin’ on their door with their second single, “One Headlight,” which became a top ten hit and earned them a Grammy for Best Rock Song in ‘97.
5. Zak Starkey, Son of Ringo Starr
First-born child of The Beatles’ legendary drummer Ringo Starr, Zak Starkey taught himself to play drums after receiving just one lesson from his father. In 1996, Zak fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing with The Who, though sadly it came after the death of Keith Moon. Starkey worked on two songs for their 2004 album Endless Wire and performed at the 2010 Super Bowl. A father himself to daughter Tatia Jayne, Zak also had the distinction of making his dad, Ringo, the first Beatle grandfather.